What do you say when faced between a rock and a hard spot? Do you truly trust God to help you out of your situation? Here’s how you can really tell where you are placing your trust.
First God made a promise to Abram:
Now the LORD had said to Abram:
“Get out of your country,
From your family
And from your father’s house,
To a land that I will show you.
I will make you a great nation;
I will bless you
And make your name great;
And you shall be a blessing.
I will bless those who bless you,
And I will curse him who curses you;
And in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.” Genesis 12:1-3 NKJV
In other words God told Abram to separate himself from haters, all the negative thinkers, people who are content with just getting by, and from those who would rather throw dirt on someone than to lend a helping hand and go somewhere where I can guide you and prepare you to be a blessing to others. In this commission to Abram, God also said that if anyone does anything to you, I (The Lord God) will inflict punishment on them. Subsequently, if anyone aids you they also shall be rewarded. Abram believed God and set out immediately to do the first thing God said: Leave. How do you know that Abram believe God?
“For the Scriptures tell us, “Abraham believed God, and God counted him as righteous because of his faith.”´Romans 4:3 NLT.
Anyone can say that they believe God exists. “You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that—and shudder.” James 2:19.
From Genesis Chapter 12 when God first made the promise to Abraham until his time of testing, God made Abraham rich, helped him defeat an army bigger than his, saved his Nephew Lot, and even gave Abraham is own seed. Why? Because God said it and Abraham believed it.
The real test as to whether you believe God will be there to help you in your time of trouble comes by what you say during your trial. Here’s an example of where real faith exists.
“Some time later, God tested Abraham’s faith. “Abraham!” God called. “Yes,” he replied. “Here I am.” “Take your son, your only son—yes, Isaac, whom you love so much—and go to the land of Moriah. Go and sacrifice him as a burnt offering on one of the mountains, which I will show you.”” Genesis 22:1-2 NLT
Mind you, Abraham wanted a child so desperately that midway during the 25 year period of waiting for God to act upon His promise, Abraham tried with his own ability to produce a child (Genesis 16:4). That’s another story for another time.
“The next morning Abraham got up early. He saddled his donkey and took two of his servants with him, along with his son, Isaac. Then he chopped wood for a fire for a burnt offering and set out for the place God had told him about.” Genesis 22:3 NLT
What? Was Abraham about to kill his only son? Could you be this obedient to the voice of the Lord our God?
“On the third day of their journey, Abraham looked up and saw the place in the distance. “Stay here with the donkey,” Abraham told the servants. “The boy and I will travel a little farther. We will worship there, and then we will come right back.”” Genesis 22:4-5 NLT
Did you catch that? Abraham said: ““The boy and I will travel a little farther. We will worship there, and then we will come right back.”
That’s where faith exists. Abraham some say, reasoned within himself saying that if God gave him a child at 100 years old, then even if God had to raise Isaac from the dead, Abraham would have the son God promised back in Genesis 15:4
“So Abraham placed the wood for the burnt offering on Isaac’s shoulders, while he himself carried the fire and the knife. As the two of them walked on together, Isaac turned to Abraham and said, “Father?” “Yes, my son?” Abraham replied. “We have the fire and the wood,” the boy said, “but where is the sheep for the burnt offering?” “God will provide a sheep for the burnt offering, my son,” Abraham answered. And they both walked on together.” Genesis 22:6-8 NLT
Did you catch that? In the first instance when Abraham first made a faith confession concerning his son Abraham told his servants that he and the boy will return. The second instance was when his own son questioned what he saw. Everything in the natural looked more and more like a sacrifice but without a lamb. When Isaac questioned him, Abraham told his son that “God will provide a sheep.” Nothing moved Abraham from believing that God will provide him a son to keep His promise.
“When they arrived at the place where God had told him to go, Abraham built an altar and arranged the wood on it. Then he tied his son, Isaac, and laid him on the altar on top of the wood. And Abraham picked up the knife to kill his son as a sacrifice. At that moment the angel of the LORD called to him from heaven, “Abraham! Abraham!” “Yes,” Abraham replied. “Here I am!” “Don’t lay a hand on the boy!” the angel said. “Do not hurt him in any way, for now I know that you truly fear God. You have not withheld from me even your son, your only son.” Then Abraham looked up and saw a ram caught by its horns in a thicket. So he took the ram and sacrificed it as a burnt offering in place of his son. Abraham named the place Yahweh-Yireh (which means “the LORD will provide”). To this day, people still use that name as a proverb: “On the mountain of the LORD it will be provided.”” Genesis 22:9-14 NLT
If you believe, at the last moment God will provide for you too.
“For by the grace given to me, I tell everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he should think. Instead, think sensibly, as God has distributed a measure of faith to each one.” (Romans 12:3 HCSB)
Faith is like a muscle. You have to exercise it in order for it to grow. We all have been given the same measure of faith. When you exercise your faith by believing God for everything, even the littlest things, on a daily basis your faith grows. When you use your faith in God like a lottery ticket; believing that your faith may or may work; when God doesn’t come through (because of your lack of faith) doubt enters your prayer life making you believe that prayer doesn’t work. The Word of God doesn’t return void. (Isaiah 55:11) When you exercise your belief in God, you grow into a knowing that God will do what you speak.
In Genesis Chapter 24, Abraham was old in age and was about to die. He summoned his most faithful servant and dispatched him to go find a wife for his son Isaac. These were his instructions:
“One day Abraham said to his oldest servant, the man in charge of his household, “Take an oath by putting your hand under my thigh. Swear by the LORD, the God of heaven and earth, that you will not allow my son to marry one of these local Canaanite women. Go instead to my homeland, to my relatives, and find a wife there for my son Isaac.” (Genesis 24:2-4 NLT)
Doubt entered the servant when he said: ” The servant asked, “But what if I can’t find a young woman who is willing to travel so far from home? Should I then take Isaac there to live among your relatives in the land you came from?”” (Genesis 24:5 NLT)
If the servant would have brought Isaac back to whence God called Abraham from, the promise God made to Abram in Genesis Chapter 12 would have not come to pass. Instead the servant, full of the faith of Abraham went on this prayer: “
“O LORD, God of my master, Abraham,” he prayed. “Please give me success today, and show unfailing love to my master, Abraham. See, I am standing here beside this spring, and the young women of the town are coming out to draw water. This is my request. I will ask one of them, ‘Please give me a drink from your jug.’ If she says, ‘Yes, have a drink, and I will water your camels, too!’—let her be the one you have selected as Isaac’s wife. This is how I will know that you have shown unfailing love to my master.” (Genesis 24:12-14 NLT)
I believe that because this servant witnessed all the miracles God bestowed upon Abraham throughout the years, he prayed with boldness being specific about what he wanted to happen. Do you think he got his prayer answered?
“Before he had finished praying, he saw a young woman named Rebekah coming out with her water jug on her shoulder. She was the daughter of Bethuel, who was the son of Abraham’s brother Nahor and his wife, Milcah. Rebekah was very beautiful and old enough to be married, but she was still a virgin. She went down to the spring, filled her jug, and came up again. Running over to her, the servant said, “Please give me a little drink of water from your jug.” “Yes, my lord,” she answered, “have a drink.” And she quickly lowered her jug from her shoulder and gave him a drink. When she had given him a drink, she said, “I’ll draw water for your camels, too, until they have had enough to drink.” So she quickly emptied her jug into the watering trough and ran back to the well to draw water for all his camels. The servant watched her in silence, wondering whether or not the LORD had given him success in his mission. Then at last, when the camels had finished drinking, he took out a gold ring for her nose and two large gold bracelets for her wrists. “Whose daughter are you?” he asked. “And please tell me, would your father have any room to put us up for the night?” “I am the daughter of Bethuel,” she replied. “My grandparents are Nahor and Milcah. Yes, we have plenty of straw and feed for the camels, and we have room for guests.” The man bowed low and worshiped the LORD.” (Genesis 24:15-26 NLT)
Praise Him in advance because the promises of God not only come upon you but it extends throughout your whole household as well. However faith requires action on your part for you to take possession of what you believe God for.
The question remains: “What are you believing God for?” I will stand in faith with you until you receive it. Contact me.